NTPC Spent Rs. 356.72 Crores on CSR
According to the National CSR Portal, PSUs contributed around 18% of the total CSR spending for the 2020–21 fiscal year. The PSUs spent a total of Rs. 4448.84 Cr. during the specified Financial Year. NTPC Limited spent Rs. 418.87 Cr. of this, or roughly 10% of the total amount spent by PSUs for CSR in India.
For its CSR endeavours, NTPC has been spending more each year than is allowed by the Company’s Act. The corporation was required to spend Rs. 281.80 Crores on CSR in FY2021-22. However, it actually spent far more, at Rs. 356.72 Crores.
The NTPC Foundation was established by NTPC to take on initiatives & programmes targeting specialized sectors of socio-economic concerns with the goal of serving and empowering the physically challenged and economically poorer sections of society, especially women. The foundation’s main initiatives include:
GEM is a programme that organizes a four-week residential workshop for young girls between the ages of 10 and 12. The workshop aims to empower/uplift girl children through various interventions to make them self-reliant and confident in all aspects of life and become a catalyst in changing their lives, the lives of their families, and the community they live in and the country at large. The summer residential workshop’s participants are chosen from a variety of government schools in the villages close to the company’s projects and stations, including its joint ventures and subsidiaries.
To aid in the fight against Covid-19 and for other services and activities, NTPC offered the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund financial support in the amount of Rs. 80 crores in FY 2021–22 and Rs. 250 crores in FY 2020–21.
Additionally, the business opened Covid Care Centers (with oxygen) at Dadri, PMI, and Badarpur, each with 50 beds (30 beds). The business assisted DPE in acquiring supplies for the State of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program (UP). Additionally, it tried to set up COVID Care centres with the necessary oxygen support at other hospitals.
The ICT Centers (Information and Communication Technology)
Through its Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Centers, the NTPC Foundation offers IT Skills to people who are physically or visually impaired. The effort intends to provide assistance to people with special needs so they can integrate into society more generally. Up until March 2021, around 2239 students had benefited from this initiative. Through various Centers established in collaboration with the Universities of Delhi, Gauhati University (Guwahati), Devi Ahillya Vishwavidyalaya (Indore), and four Government Blind Schools in Ajmer (Rajasthan), Lucknow (Upstate New York), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), and Mysore, they are placed at various Government Institutes, primarily in the banking industry (Karnataka). At the moment, the Indore school Devi Ahilya VishwaVidyalaya’s ICT Center is operational and successfully trains children with impairments.
Centers for Disability Rehabilitation run by the NTPC Foundation (NFNDRC)
Through its Disability Rehabilitation Centers at Korba, Dadri, Rihand, Tanda, Farakka, and Bongaigaon, NTPC, in partnership with the National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan), offers rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) through reparative surgery, medical interventions, the fitting of artificial aids and appliances, therapeutic services, etc. At these Centers, around 51500 PwDs were registered, and approximately 112700 surgical corrections, serving aids, and devices were given to them.
The NTPC Merit Scholarship Program is known as NTPC Utkarsh. The NTPC management has introduced NTPC UTKARSH, a Merit Scholarship programme under the NTPC Foundation, for students from economically disadvantaged and marginalised sections of the community in the villages close to NTPC Projects/Stations in an effort to inspire and motivate them to pursue higher education. More than 2900 students have benefited from the programme as of March 2021.